Urban and Community Forestry

Florida Forest Service Saves Homeowners $2.3 Million

This spring, the Florida Forest Service provided 10,000 trees to homeowners across the Sunshine State, through a partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation. By enrolling in the Foundation’s Energy-Saving Trees program, the state forestry agency was able to offer a wide variety of free trees across the state to homeowners that agreed to plant them in the best locations to shade their residence. The combined home energy savings over 20 years will amount to more than $2.3 million.

Emerald Ash Borer Wrecking Havoc in Pennsylvania

The invasive pest that came into the U.S. during the early 2000s, otherwise known as the emerald ash borer, is now destroying trees throughout New York and Adams counties, according to an arborist representative with Bartlett Tree Experts in Manchester Township.  

The emerald ash borer does not waste any time; the insects feed on the ash tree's foliage, and their larvaw seep into the foliage, twigs and eventually the cellular plant tissue.

Now Accepting Nominations for the 2016 NASF Awards

The National Association of State Foresters annually recognizes individuals and organizations who have made a significant impact on state and private forestry at the national level.

Know someone who deserves to be recognized for their outstanding work? Nominate this individual or organization for an NASF award!

NASF’s Current Achievement Awards recognize accomplishments in seven areas of state and private forestry:

Missouri Department of Conservation: Celebrate Spring and Plant Trees

Although Missouri’s Arbor Day isn’t until April 1 and National Arbor Day isn’t until April 29, if you’re thinking about planting some trees this spring, now is the time to start planning.

The Missouri Department of Conservation and the Arbor Day Foundation both offer inexpensive ways to get some native trees to plant in your yard or around your property.

Until March 31, join the Arbor Day Foundation for only $10 and receive 10 free white flowering dogwood trees. White flowering dogwoods also happen to be the official Missouri state tree. 

Mini-forests planned for England’s urban schools

Schools are being offered free packs of saplings by the Woodland Trust, partly funded by England's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. 

The aim is to "bring an oasis of green" into school communities, said Woodland Trust chief executive Beccy Speight.

A pilot group of nearly 800 schools to enroll received their packs of one and two-year-old saplings last week, to plant by the end of the month, amounting to 35,000 trees.

By 2020 government money will have paid for 400,000 trees, with the rest funded separately by corporate sponsors and other partners.

Planting Trees Can Reduce Flooding

A study for the British Environment Agency concludes that trees round a feeder stream can slow the rush of rainwater and save properties from flooding. However, it warns that natural flood prevention methods do not always work and urges a strategic approach because foresting a whole catchment would be counter-productive.

The report - from the UK's universities of Birmingham and Southampton - says that with increased building on flood plains and climate change increasing the risk of heavy rain, many places can't be completely protected by walls of concrete.

Connecticut Communities Awarded Urban Forestry Grants

Several communities in southwest Connecticut are among 17 towns that have been awarded America the Beautiful grants from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. These grants are designed to advance urban forestry in Connecticut. 

“Urban forestry is all about planning for the future—it is gesture of true optimism. The work done this year, through these grants, will sustain for years and even generations to come," said Chris Martin,  Connecticut State Forester

Maryland’s New Approach to Increasing Urban Tree Canopy

By Marian Honeczy

To achieve two new urban tree canopy goals, maintain existing statewide 40% forest canopy coverage and expand tree canopy coverage 45 acres per year or 540 new acres by 2025, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources – Forest Service (MD Forest Service) developed two new tree planting assistance programs that reach landowners within the urban/suburban areas of Maryland.